0 ERA in 8 games… “Our Jinwook has changed”
Professional baseball Lotte Giants 3rd year pitcher Kim Jin-wook (photo 21) has changed. It has established itself as a key resource for Lotte Gyetujo. This season, Kim Jin-wook puts down his dynamic pitching stance for a while and focuses on accurate pitching, showing a stable skill that has changed 180 degrees from last season. With the addition of Kim “Young Gun” Jin-wook, the Lotte Gyetujo is becoming a stepping stone for the team to jump to the top in the early season.
At the beginning of the season, 스포츠토토Lotte showed a somewhat frustrating game amid the sluggishness of the starting pitchers and the silence of the other line. However, starting with the first three games of the season against the KIA Tigers held at home on the 18th and 20th, they have achieved two consecutive winning series and are continuing their upward trend. After winning all 3 NC Dinos away matches on the 21st and 23rd, they also won the home game against Hanwha on the 26th, winning the first 5 consecutive wins of the season. Lotte’s team ranking rose to third place.
At the center of Lotte’s rise is the ‘perfect cooperation’ between the other line and the gyetoojo. When the batting line completes a big inning, the pitching team blocks it, and after the pitching pitching puts the opposing team’s batting line to rest without conceding a run, the batting line returns with a large number of runs.
In the game against the Hanwha Eagles on the 26th, Lotte had a narrow lead by 2-1, 1 point until the 5th inning. At the beginning of the 6th inning, Lotte faced a crisis situation in which one company and 2nd and 3rd base were lost, but Kim Jin-wook prevented the loss by striking out two Hanwha batters and striking out. As if in return for Kim Jin-wook’s good fight, the Lotte batting line scored 1 point and 5 points in the 6th and 7th attacks, respectively, and brought about a victory.
In the match against NC on the 23rd, it was dragged 0-3 up to the 8th inning, but scored 5 points in the top of the 9th inning and turned 5-3 at once, and Kim Sang-soo, who came up as a finishing pitcher, finished the game without conceding.
Kim Jin-wook participated in both of these matches and contributed to the victory. He played the role 100%, not allowing a single hit against 10 batters in two games. In the game on the 26th, he kept the team’s lead with heavy pitching in a situation where a reversal could be allowed.
Kim Jin-wook recorded an average ERA of ‘0’ in 8 games (9 and 2/3 innings) played until the 26th. During that time, he faced 37 batters and allowed just one hit. He has 11 strikeouts. He has more than one strikeout per inning. He gave up 7 walks, but most of them were unfortunately out of the strike zone.
Kim Jin-wook is a left-handed overhand pitcher selected by Lotte as the 1st choice in the 2nd round of the 2021 rookie draft. From the beginning of his career, his dynamic pitching motion and fastball exceeding 150 km/h drew great attention from coaches and fans. He developed his dream of becoming a starting pitcher by recording 4 wins and 6 losses in the 2021 season, his debut season, and 2 wins and 5 losses in the 2022 season. However, Kim Jin-wook had the homework of hunting for the first pitch and overplaying walks.
Jin-wook Kim and Young-sik Kang, the first-team bullpen coach, set aside the goal of entering the starting lineup for a while and focused all their efforts on improving their control. I focused on strengthening control by simplifying the pitching motion and practicing maintaining a constant ‘release point’ to release the ball from my hand. In addition to Kim Jin-wook’s efforts, Yoo Gang-nam’s pitching lead, an ‘8 billion won free agent catcher’, was added to make pitching more stable.
Kim Jin-wook thanked his coaching staff and teammates for the positive start of the season. After the game on the 26th, Kim Jin-wook expressed his gratitude, saying, “I am pitching in various situations, but I think I was able to contribute even a little to the team’s victory because the coaches adjusted my rest and pitches well according to my condition.” Kim Jin-wook also expressed his feelings, “(Yu) Kangnam hyung was also good at leading, so I believed in him and threw it, and good results followed.”